Nicaragua: Sustainable International Community Development
Term: Summer 2014
Travel Dates: June 14 – July 13, 2014
Faculty: Dr. Richard White, USP
This summer program in Nicaragua offers a four-week traveling seminar open to 6-8 upper-division students from any major (preference will be given Community Development majors and minors, and to International Development majors). Students will spend the first week in Esteli attending language school in the mornings; afternoons observing and interviewing participants of local sustainable community development initiatives, organizations, and business ventures; evenings will be spent with host families and occasional group dinner conversations with invited guests. Following the first week, students will retreat for the weekend to Eco-Posada Tisey for reflection and discussion. During the next two weeks, students will return to Managua, travel to La China, Matagalpa, San Ramon, El Plomo, and La Regina to continue the observation and interview process. Week four students will work with either Habitar Community Development of Esperanza en Accion artisan cooperative both in Managua. Students will earn a total of 12 credits (4 credits for the traveling seminar – USP 407; 6 credits for the practicum – USP 409; and, 2 credits for the post-trip independent study – USP 401).
|1||Arrive in Managua – Meet at Las Maracas Airport Hotel||16||Travel to Matagalpa – Las Casa Materna, Free Day|
|2||Travel to Esteli – assign students to home||17||Matagalpa – presentations and visits|
|3||Language school, visits and cultural outings||18||Matagalpa|
|4||Language school, visits and cultural outings||19||San Ramon|
|5||Language school, visits and cultural outings||20||San Ramon|
|6||Language school, visits and cultural outings||21||San Ramon|
|7||Language school, visits and cultural outings||22||San Ramon|
|8||Tisey Eco-posada||23||Travel to Matagalpa & Managua|
|9||Tisey Eco-posada||24||Participant observation, job shadow, Habitar|
|10||Managua||25||Participant observation, job shadow, Habitar|
|11||Managua||26||Participant observation, job shadow, Habitar|
|12||Managua||27||Participant observation, job shadow, Habitar|
|13||Managua||28||Participant observation, job shadow, Habitar|
|14||Langua de Apoyo – travel to La China||29||Convene final retreat at Las Maracas|
|15||La China||30||AM: Depart for Portland|
The seminar will require participation in weekly team meetings with extensive reading prior to departure (in conjunction with the prerequisite, USP 317, during Spring term).
- USP 407: International Community Development Field Seminar – 4 credits
- USP 409: International Community Development Practicum – 6 credits
- USP 401: International Community Development Independent Study – 2 credits
While in Nicaragua, students will be required to keep a personal journal, a field notebook, participate in all seminars and activities, and complete an integrating written assignment for both USP 407 and USP 409.
The post-return Independent Study (USP 401). Students are required to conduct in-depth research on some aspect of their traveling seminar (e.g. micro-enterprise, health promotion, community capacity building) and synthesize it with their experience in Nicaragua. Students are required to complete all three components of the program in order to receive credit for any one component.
|Program Fees & Tuition||Additional Estimated Costs||Total Estimated Costs|
Relevant Academic Disciplines
- Open to students from all majors, but preference given to Community Development majors.
- GPA 2.75 or above
- Sophomore standing or above
- Knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required. Translation will be provided.
- Completed USP 317 Introduction to International Community Development (offered Spring term)
Language Skill: None